In my day II: Reflecting on the transformative potential of incorporating celebrations into the nursing curriculum

Margaret McAllister, Leonie Mosel Williams, Joanne Hope, Christine Hallett, Ann Framp, Bronwyn Doyle, Margaret McLeod

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Understanding one's history is a powerful way to build a sense of belonging, identity and connection. Similarly, history learning can be a powerful component in the core curriculum for undergraduate nursing. History learning develops thinking skills transferable to and necessary in nursing practice. Additionally, awareness about the profession's struggles, achievements and enduring concerns is raised and belief that an individual or group can have influence is affirmed. Perseverance, commitment and seeing the big picture gives a nurse's career meaning and purpose. All of these factors can produce a transformed perspective in today's learners, who are often present-focused, isolated and disconnected from the past and the profession. This paper reports an evaluation of a second interactive learning experience held at the University of the Sunshine Coast to celebrate International Nurses Day 2010. In a previous paper, we shared our initial insights after the success of the first event, and now build upon those insights by examining the transformative learning provoked by the experience, from the points of view of students and staff.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-249
Number of pages5
JournalNurse Education in Practice
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2011
Externally publishedYes


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